030090 Perplexities of Consciousness (Kammerer)

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In this course, we will work through Eric Schwitzgebel’s 2011 book: “Perplexities of Consciousness”. The book draws on work in psychology and philosophy to argue that we know very little about our conscious experience – notably, because our capacity to introspect our own conscious experiences is deficient. Its main thesis is established through focusing on a set of provocative, concrete philosophical and scientific questions about ordinary conscious experience, such as: do we dream in colors, or in black and white? What exactly do we visually experience when we close our eyes? Do we have a permanent tactile conscious experience of our feet in our shoes even when we do not explicitly think about it? Etc. | | | Preliminary reference list: Schwitzgebel, Eric (2011). Perplexities of Consciousness. Bradford.